Members of Parliament on the committee of Environment and Natural
Resources want stone quarrying in Bulambuli district halted.
The MPs on Thursday visited Bulambuli district on a fact-finding mission following
the on-going floods in the district.
For the last four years, the lower belt of Bulambuli district has been affected
by floods which have left homes and gardens submerged.
Residents argue that some of the water flows from the stone quarrying sites
belonging to Kampala and Tororo cement factories and ditches that were left
open after the excavation of murrum.
Some of the ditches that were used as far as 1998 have now turned into man-made lakes
covering over 10 acres of land. Residents note that these have made the soils
soft making the area susceptible to flooding more especially when it
The most affected areas are Buwakoli, Bunambutye, Buwekanda, Bumasokho,
Buwakooli, Bunandutu, Bumwalye and Masatsa parishes and the surrounding areas.
Kefa Kiwanuka, the chairperson of the committee and Kiboga Member of Parliament
said the companies should halt their activities until a proper impact
assessment is done and the affected people compensated.
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Cue out:…mu byaalo”//
English Cue in: “What is happening…
Cue out:…about what is”//
Kiwanuka noted that National Environment Management Authority-NEMA
and the Ministry of Energy had promised to solve the matter, in vain.
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Bulambuli County Member of Parliament Alex Bulundo says that the
water that flows from the mountains has affected the roads and hampered
settlement in the area.
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Cue out…shilayi taawe”//
Sara Wekomba, the Bulambuli District Woman Member of Parliament blamed the
communities for refusing the water channels to pass through their land in
demand for compensation.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.